Is there something after death?
In the evolution of humans, I believe one of the primary factors that caused the development of a belief in God is the issue of death and dying. First of all, it’s easier to deal with the death of a loved one when you believe your separation from them is only temporary. After all, you’ll see them in heaven soon. Secondly, it’s easier to face death when there’s a known expectation of what lies beyond the grave.
As a Fundamentalist Christian, I was not afraid of dying. Death simply meant I would be in the presence of God enjoying an eternity of blissful happiness. Of course, there was that possibility I would end up in hell but I worked out a belief system that would not ever put me there.
Now I’m not sure what I believe about death. There’s a part of me that says that my life is all there is and then there’s a part of me that wonders if there is really some sort of existence after life. Do I really have a spirit that lives on beyond the grave?
I would love to hear the thoughts of atheists and de-converting Christians on this subject.
– The de-Convert